Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The characteristic or quality of being inexact; a lack of precision, accuracy, or certainty.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Incorrectness; lack of exactness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The quality of being inexact; incorrectness; want of precision.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the quality of being inaccurate and having errors

Etymologies

in- +‎ exactness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In an odd way, the inexactness of the fit made the implied comparison more intriguing.

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  • And it is unreal to assume, as you seem to, that his current inexactness is sufficiently elastic to cover all eventualities between now and November.

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  • For the eye has every possible defect that can be found in an optical instrument, and even some which are peculiar to itself; but they are all so counteracted, that the inexactness of the image which results from their presence very little exceeds, under ordinary conditions of illumination, the limits which are set to the delicacy of sensation by the dimensions of the retinal cones.

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  • Whilst I liked the touch screen, I was extremely grateful that there was a QWERTY keyboard; the inexactness of my stubby fingers would have soon led me to behanding myself!

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  • Words from the heart find their mark, despite their inexactness!

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  • I did notice the political incorrectness of that remark (and its inexactness) but overall it was a good article in my opinion and will be welcomed by LOndoners sick of perpetual fear

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  • Naively, we might imagine that the variation and relative inexactness of our measurements will become pronounced and obtrusive the more refined and microscopic are our measurement tools and procedures.

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  • People who don't grasp the inexactness of all this are constantly misled.

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  • The extreme rigor that he applied in logic, the unflichingly high standards he set himself and others, his blank incomprehension of intellectual, formal and linguistic inexactness, and his willingness to let academic disagreement sour his relationships with colleagues, all speak of an unusual rigidity.

    Stanisław Leśniewski

  • In view of the difficulties concerning the study of Hun namesthe inexactness inherent in transcriptions, the morphological changes which many names must have undergone, the ever present possibility that the names were Gothicized, the wide margin of error in the manuscript traditionin view of all these one cannot help marveling at the boldness with which the problem of the Hunnish language has been and still is being attacked.

    languagehat.com: BARBARIAN NAMES.

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